It’s a duck-callin’ Christmas when the Robertson family gets together to celebrate the holidays. From the hit reality television series Duck Dynasty, the Robertson clan mixes traditional standards with fun-loving and sentimental originals and some of country’s biggest stars on a uniquely-camouflaged Christmas album.
Available now, Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas features the whole gang as Willie, Missy, Uncle Si and Phil lead the way on a festive sing-along. Favorites such as “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” where Missy shows off a wonderful soprano, pair up nicely next to new additions like “Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Christmas” (co-written by Willie and Nashville hit-maker Dallas Davidson). Got a 100,000 colored lights/blowing them fuses left and right, Willie sings with country twang and a huge helping of holiday cheer. As loyal viewers will attest, the close-knit family’s love and warmth make their show special and it all shines through here.
Whether it’s Uncle Si’s entertaining new take on “The Night Before Christmas,” where he mistakes Santa Claus for Willie coming down that chimney, or teenage Sadie leading the Robertson kids through “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” a feeling of love consistently runs through these songs. There’s a palpable chemistry to Missy and Jase’s flirty “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” while the married couple’s eldest son Reed turns in one of the collection’s most powerful songs. Honoring those in uniform who can’t be with their families through the holidays on “Camouflage and Christmas Lights,” Reed sings, A paper star on a plastic tree/Cotton snow in a manger scene, before adding, He’ll do the best he can to make it feel like home, with a gentle touch.
Several A-list guests help the Robertsons celebrate the season. George Strait joins Phil for good times on “Christmas Cookies,” and Luke Bryan pairs up with hunting buddy Willie on “Hairy Christmas.” Like Jesus and Santa Claus, we got love behind these beards, Luke and Willie sing in a cheerful chorus. Sadie’s sweet rendition of “Away In A Manger” features harmonies courtesy of Alison Krauss while Josh Turner wrote, and then duets with Missy on, “Why I Love Christmas.”
Produced by Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson), Duck The Halls is a well-paced Christmas album that offers excellent variety over the course of 14 different pieces. Ranging from the classic send-up “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” through to the sterling highlight “Silent Night” and the use of their famous duck calls in place of Fa-la-la-la-la in the title-track, Duck The Halls is a friendly celebration of the season that will have fans of Duck Dynasty asking for seconds.
Key Tracks – “Camouflage and Christmas Lights,” “Silent Night,” “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Christmas Cookies”